On January 11th, the Borderline Personality Disorder community lost a person who had as much impact on improving the lives of those with BPD as anyone. Dr. John Gunderson, MD, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Director Emeritus of the affiliated McLean Hospital and a pioneer in the diagnosis, treatment, and research of borderline personality disorder (BPD) passed away. How important was John Gunderson and his work regarding BPD? Irreplaceable.
It has been well established that pets can have a profound effect on the health and well-being of humans. And that includes benefits for people who have mental health issues.
There are lots of research studies that support the value of including animals as part of a treatment plan for a wide range of health issues. But no studies have specifically looked at the experience of people who have borderline personality disorder and also own pets. Until now…
The rising toll of self-harm and suicide attempts by teenagers in the U.S. is justifiably alarming. Help in addressing this crisis may be coming from a tried and true therapy that is widely available: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT.
Throughout the month we have offered people a free screening online of our 30 minute program “Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder from the 5 part series “If Only We Had Known: A Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder”
Since the 1980’s a number of treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder have been developed, tested and shown to be effective in reducing many of the symptoms and behaviors associated with BPD.